Has anyone else noticed that we are at the time of year when the kids need a lot of interaction and motivation to keep working hard?…spring fever has set in hard! A few weeks ago I shared the review game ZAP!, today I’m going to share another game that I named CHAOS! (Hmmm, do all the review games I invent need to be be capitalized with an exclamation point? I guess I want to emphasize how exciting they are :) I pulled this game out of my bag of tricks this week and I thought I would share with y’all. I have used this game to review in math and to spice up test prep with multiple choice questions. Ps: Don’t try this game if you aren’t willing to put up with a little CHAOS!
Here is how it works:
1. I make sets of cards with questions on them–I usually make 4 of each card like this:
2. I print them out on card stock and laminate them…or you could just print them out and have the kids do the work on another sheet of paper.
3. Then I put each stack of questions on a desk or table:
4. Next, put kids into teams…I put them into 3-4 groups and then have each team break into partners. So each team will be working together for points, but will be working in pairs.
5. Start each pair with different cards, for example one pair gets card #1, another team gets card #2 etc… then it’s ready, set, go! Everybody starts working on their problem:
6.When they finish with their first card they bring it up to me and I check it:
*Don’t have an Interactive Whiteboard? No problem, just use a regular dice and have the kids write their total on the board!
8. Then they put their card back on the stack, get the next number and keep going until time is up!
9. At the end of the game we add up all the numbers and dub a winner… the nice thing about this game is it has a lot of skill and little luck!
The game usually takes about 15 minutes of intense activity, but the kids are super engaged and there is tons of learning going on! During this particular game of CHAOS! I heard these comments: “Wait, it says perimeter, do we need to add or multiply?”, “Is customary inches or centimeters?”, “Check the math chart for how many centimeters is in a meter!”, “Miss O said that when it’s a square we can multiply the sides by 4, right?” Trust me, I can’t inspire that kind of math thinking…but a little bit of CHAOS! goes a long way.
Here are some resources and ideas:
Download my CHAOS Scoreboard for SMARTBoard here: Score Board (Chaos)
You can certainly play this game without a SMARTBoard, just use a regular dice and whiteboard…I played this game all the time pre-interactive whiteboard :)
Other CHAOS games:
- Multiplication Word Problems: PDF Word
- Multi-Step Word Problems: PDF Word
- 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication: PDF Word
- Long Division: PDF Word
Make your own CHAOS game: CHAOS Template
*Pssst check out other games I’ve posted about here